Nayana Shah

Nayana Shah is a theoretical physicist focused on Condensed Matter Physics. Using the fundamental laws of physics, her research seeks to understand how different phases and properties of matter emerge in a collection of many particles interacting with each other under different conditions. That quest is also to identify the universalities within the diversity. Nayana has been working in the academia for fourteen years since receiving her PhD in physics from Rutgers University and has started and organized several forums and initiatives to build communities and also to increase scientific -enquiry, -awareness, and -excitement in the society at large, especially children. All along, Nayana has been doing vipassana meditation for decades and practicing yoga as far as she can remember. She also likes to write, draw, sing, dance and cook to express her creativity and intuition. After the birth of her daughter she clearly saw the amazing potential in building a thriving community to learn from and nurture the inner wisdom, peace, and harmony that children naturally possess and to create an environment in which equanimity, intuition, empathy, and compassion go hand-in-hand with intellectual and professional pursuits. Nayana co-founded Heart Montessori to realize, manifest, and expand on this vision and serves as the director of research. One of her interests is to create and develop holistic pedagogy and learning environments that naturally bring out the interconnections and interdisciplinarity at different levels and get to the heart of sustainability. Click here to send an email to Nayana @

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